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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism

Second Edition
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May 2017 | 928 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism brings together extensive coverage of aspects of Institutional Theory and an array of top academic contributors.

Now in its Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly revised and reorganised, with all chapters updated to maintain a mix of theory, how to conduct institutional organizational analysis, and contemporary empirical work. New chapters on Translation, Networks and Institutional Pluralism are included to reflect new directions in the field.

The Second Edition has also been reorganized into six parts:

  • Part One: Beginnings (Foundations)
  • Part Two: Organizations and their Contexts
  • Part Three: Institutional Processes
  • Part Four: Conversations
  • Part Five: Consequences
  • Part Six: Reflections
Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Thomas B. Lawrence and Renate E. Meyer
David L. Deephouse, Jonathan Bundy, Leigh Plunkett Tost & Mark C. Suchman
Chapter 1: Organizational Legitimacy: Six Key Questions
Melissa Wooten and Andrew J. Hoffman
Chapter 2: Organizational Fields: Past, Present and Future
Eva Boxenbaum and Stefan Jonsson
Chapter 3: Isomorphism, Diffusion and Decoupling
Linda Wedlin and Kerstin Sahlin
Chapter 4: The imitation and translation of management ideas
Julie Battilana, Marya Besharov and Bjoern Mitzinneck
Chapter 5: On Hybrids and Hybrid Organizing: A Review and Roadmap for Future Research
C.R. (Bob) Hinings, Danielle Logue and Charlene Zietsma
Chapter 6: Fields, Institutional Infrastructure and Governance
Juan Almandoz, Chris Marquis and Michael Cheely
Chapter 7: Drivers of Community Strength: An Institutional Logics Perspective on Geographical and Affiliation Based Communities
Markus A. Höllerer, Peter Walgenbach and Gili S. Drori
Chapter 8: The Consequences of Globalization for Institutions and Organizations
Mary Ann Glynn
Chapter 9: Theorizing the Identity- Institution Relationship: Considering identity as antecedent to, consequence of, and Mechanism for, processes of institutional change
Cynthia Hardy and Steve Maguire
Chapter 10: Institutional Entrepreneurship and Change in Fields
Marc Schneiberg and Michael Lounsbury
Chapter 11: Social Movements and the Dynamics of Institutions and Organizations
Walter W. Powell and Claus Rerup
Chapter 12: Opening the Black Box: The Microfoundations of Institutions
Stephen R. Barley
Chapter 13: Coalface Institutionalism
Michael Smets, Angela Aristidou and Richard Whittington
Chapter 14: Towards a Practice-Driven Institutionalism
Nelson Phillips and Namrata Malhotra
Chapter 15: Language, Cognition and Institutions: Studying Institutionalization Using Linguistic Methods
Tammar B. Zilber
Chapter 16: The Evolving Role of Meaning in Theorizing Institutions
Walter W. Powell and Achim Oberg
Chapter 17: Networks and Institutions
Thomas B. Lawrence and Sean Buchanan
Chapter 18: Power, Institutions, and Organizations
William Ocasio, Patricia H. Thornton and Michael Lounsbury
Chapter 19: The Institutional Logics Perspective
Matthew S. Kraatz and Emily S. Block
Chapter 20: Institutional Pluralism Revisited
Christian E. Hampel, Thomas B. Lawrence and Paul Tracey
Chapter 21: Institutional Work: Taking Stock and Making It Matter
Jaco Lok, W.E. Douglas Creed, Rich DeJordy and Maxim Voronov
Chapter 22: Living institutions: Bringing emotions into organizational institutionalism
Candace Jones, Renate E. Meyer, Dennis Jancsary and Markus A. Höllerer
Chapter 23: The Material and Visual Basis of institutions
Rodolphe Durand and Romain Boulongne
Chapter 24: Advancing Category Research: Theoretical Mapping and Under-researched Areas
Robert J. David, Wesley D. Sine and Caroline Kaehr Serra
Chapter 25: Institutional Theory and Entrepreneurship: Taking Stock and Moving Forward
Gerald F. Davis
Chapter 26: Organizations, institutions, and inequality
John Amis, Kamal Munir and Johanna Mair
Chapter 27: Institutions and Economic Inequality
Donald Palmer
Chapter 28: Institutions, Institutional Theory, and Organizational Wrongdoing
P. Devereaux Jennings and Andrew J. Hoffman
Chapter 29: Institutional Theory and the Natural Environment: Building Research through Tensions and Paradoxes
Fabio Rojas
Chapter 30: Race and Institutionalism
Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev
Chapter 31: Are Diversity Programs Merely Ceremonial? Evidence-Free Institutionalization
John W. Meyer
Chapter 32: Reflections on Institutional Theories of Organizations
W. Richard Scott
Chapter 33: Institutional Theory: Onward and Upward

The first edition of the Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism in 2008 signaled a reenergizing of institutional scholarship, integrating notions of multiplicity, power, agency, and practices into institutional thought. The 2017 edition builds on these developments, but also shows that the creative energy of the field continues unabated. Among important and exciting new themes addressed from an institutional perspective in this completely revised edition are emotions, materiality and visuality, categories, inequality, sustainability and race. As organizational institutionalism continues to expand its reach and relevance, this volume is clearly a must have for any serious student of organization theory.

Ann Langley
Professor & Canada Research Chair, HEC Montreal, Canada

Some argue that institutionalism has become the default theory in management and organisation studies. Such a status requires continuing refinement and challenge. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines , academic areas and nations the writing in this second edition of the Sage Handbook will outreach the success of its predecessor volume. The editors and authors deserve their success and the reader will take stimulation from this book for many years to come.

Andrew Pettigrew OBE, FBA
Emeritus Professor of Strategy and Organisation, University of Oxford, UK

The pluralism of organization theories is increasing contained within the very broad category of institutional theory. There could be no better invitation to explore the richness and complexity of this now predominant approach than one finds in The Sage Handbook of Organizational Intuitionalism. The editors have assembled a stellar composition of chapters by the leading contributors. It will be appreciated wherever Doctoral candidates in the field gather.

Stewart Clegg
Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

There are several handbooks in management that are as comprehensive as this one, but absolutely none that I know of that approach the quality, rigour and insight of its scholarship. The authors and editors have my heartiest congratulations

Danny Miller
Research Professor, HEC Montreal, Canada

As the very impressive second edition of this Handbook makes evident, unlike its early emphases on stability and similarity, institutional theory keeps changing and taking on new areas of investigation, even acknowledging that other theoretical perspectives can inform it.  The chapters in this volume consider previously unimaginable questions such as what might happen if the institutional environment isn’t homogenous, and how institutional theory might learn from practice theory.  This book is of great value both for institutional scholars and for other scholars who felt they have been cut off entirely from institutional approaches.

Jean M. Bartunek
Robert A. & Evelyn J. Ferris Chair, Professor, Boston College, USA

This new edition updates a classic reference for all things institutionalist. Alongside theory essays and reflections from many of the field’s founders, it also includes fresh and fascinating chapters on how institutional forces shape inequality, organizational wrongdoing, and many other societal outcomes of consequence today. A valuable addition to your organizational-theory bookshelf!

Forrest Briscoe
Associate Professor of Management and Sociology, PennState University, USA

The first Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism - the 'green book' - has been an essential reference even for those of us whose main research interests were not (yet) in institutional theory. So many of its chapters have become landmarks in their lines of inquiry, or opened entirely new ones. The new edition is all of this again, and even more. A must read for scholars interested in institutional processes and those who are not (yet).

Davide Ravasi
Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management, Cass Business School, UK

Almost immediately after the first edition of the Handbook came out, it was colloquially dubbed the Green Bible of Institutionalism by many of its readers. Big news: the New Testament just came out. It is awesome! The first edition of the Handbook was an instant classic, a feat that is hard to top. But the editors and contributors to the second edition have done it again. This is without a doubt the book that will set the agenda for the fourth decade of organizational institutionalism.

Pursey Heugens
Professor of Organization Theory, RSM Erasmus University,the Netherlands

The second edition of this Handbook remains must reading for any organization and management scholar. It provides a timely and comprehensive update of institutional
theory and its relationships with other organization theories.

Andrew H. Van de Ven
Vernon Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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